Handprint Canvas: A Yearly Tradition

Today Miss G and I continued on a little birthday tradition we started last year when she turned one – painting a handprint canvas together.  This year was even more fun than last because Grae was really able to get into it and participate in the process. 

IMG 8985After picking out our colour combination, we gave the canvas a few coats of pink paint, letting it dry in between each one. 

IMG 8986Then, once it  was completely dry, I brushed a thin coat of teal on Grae’s hand and together we carefully stamped in the middle of the canvas.  

IMG 8988With the project finished almost as quickly as it was started, Grae wanted to continue painting, so on she went…

IMG 8994As she worked on her own project, I sketched out a number two on the canvas’ corner…

IMG 8995Then carefully outlined it and filled it in with a paint pen.

IMG 8997Tada!  A very simple art project that forever saves those little handprints I always have such a hard time wiping away from our mirrors and windows.

IMG 8998And here it is next to last year’s.  Pretty amazing / heartbreaking to see the difference 12 months makes…

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10 thoughts on “Handprint Canvas: A Yearly Tradition

  1. Ava Avaniko says:

    It’s so cute! ^_^

  2. Victoria says:

    I want to do this! It would be really interesting to see the colour change preferences.

    • jkossowan says:

      So true! I hadn’t even thought of that. If you go ahead and do it, one thing I’d suggest is buying a bunch of canvases and storing them for future years… That way you’ll be sure they’ll be the same size, thickness, quality, etc. 🙂

  3. Taryn says:

    Adorable, great idea!

  4. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Too bad we missed the first year with my son, but I’m sure I can dig out a handprint from somewhere to fake the first one 😉

  5. grok78 says:

    Love how meaningful this artwork is, not to mention cute! 🙂

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